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Dad remembers son found dead outside Fargo business as 'one of the nicest people'

Investigators to conduct autopsy on cause of death of Wesley Gunhammer Jr.

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Wesley Gunhammer Jr. holding his newborn daughter. Special to The Forum.

FARGO — Wesley Gordon Gunhammer Jr. was kind to everyone. To his dad, he was the kindest person he's ever known.

Police identified Gunhammer, 30, as the man found dead Monday afternoon, Jan. 27. Police discovered his body between a box truck and pickup truck in the parking lot of Accent Flooring & Tile at 3151 Main Ave.

His dad, 64-year-old Wesley Gunhammer Sr., found out about his son's death late Monday night. In an interview with The Forum, he said his son was "one of the nicest people you'd ever know."

"He always saw the good in everybody," his dad said.

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Body of man found outside Fargo business identified
The body of Wesley Gordon Gunhammer Jr. was found between a box truck and pickup truck in the parking lot of Accent Flooring & Tile at 3151 Main Ave. WDAY

Police said the death doesn't appear suspicious and that it's too early to tell if cold weather caused his death. Authorities will be conducting an autopsy.

Gunhammer Sr. told The Forum he spoke with his son Sunday afternoon and invited him over for dinner that night. He said his son never showed up. He wonders if perhaps his son couldn't get a ride and started walking there.

The temperature Sunday evening was 20 degrees and dropped to 13 degrees Monday morning.

Gunhammer Jr., a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, lived in south Fargo and had four kids. He recently earned his GED certificate and previously worked for a local truss building company.

His dad said his favorite memory of his son was watching him be a father. He loves the photo of Gunhammer Jr. holding his daughter after she was born.

"That was one of my favorite memories of him," Gunhammer Sr. said, "to see how much he loved his kids."

When asked what he'd miss the most about his son, Gunhammer Sr. said "just him being here and being my friend."

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